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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Hamilton Board adopts long-term plan, changes stance on polling places

Hamilton School District has a variety of problems, and after a presentation Tuesday night, it has an official plan meant to deal with them.
The administration presented its “Five Year Strategic Plan” at the Board meeting, which marks one of the largest projects of Superintendent James Parla’s first year in office. It defines goals for improving student state test scores, graduation rates, attendance rates and SAT/ACT scores, among others. The plan, developed by board members, staff and community members
“This is helping us chart the future in Hamilton Township,” said Michael Gilbert, the director of Curriculum and Instruction for the district.
Parent Teacher Association member Jennifer Kraemer said she was glad the administration had reached out to parents for input on the plan, and said it was a step forward for the board.
“We have our most prized possessions invested in the success of our school district: our children,” she said. “It is our hope that you continue to hold paramount our students’ interest at heart as you earnestly work to rebuild trust between the community and the school district administration.”
The plan also sets such goals as “Recognize the diversity of all students in each of the schools,” and “Enhance forms of communication,” that are slightly more nebulous than test scores. Parla said he will give updates to the board throughout the year as more data on student achievement.
Board member Patricia Del Giudice said the board had not always followed through on its plans and goals in the past, but thought this one was different.
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